The Legacy football team recently wrapped up this spring practices, and coach Chris Melson said that while there is still a long way to go, he is impressed with what he has seen to this point.
Legacy finished 4-6 on the season with a 2-5 district mark, and Melson said his team is looking to improve upon that this next season.
“Things are going pretty good,” Melson said. “We are getting better. We’re putting speed on the defense and improving the offensive line play. We’ve also really worked on team chemistry all throughout the off season and spring. We’ve just had a really, really productive spring football and really got better.”
Melson said that he has had a few standout efforts this spring so far, as well.
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“We have a young man named Brett Bloodworth that has developed as a real strong leader,” Melson said. “We didn’t know he was going to be that type of leader coming out of his junior year, but we moved him to inside linebacker on defense, and he really provided a spark for our whole defensive unit. It looks like he’s going to be a great player.”
Melson said that his team is looking good in a couple of areas early on.
“I think that our defense is pretty fast,” Melson said. “Then on offense, we’ve got four guys that can really make plays, and three of them are going to be juniors in our quarterback, running back and slot receiver. We also have an outside receiver who is a junior, and they can all really move the football, so we’ve got four players that are pretty good with the football and can make a lot of things happen.
“They really have improved a lot from their sophomore years. We also have an experienced offensive line, so all of those things look pretty good for us.”
With regard to areas of concern, Melson said he is keeping an eye on the entire team.
“We want to work on anything,” Melson said. “But I’ve already told the kids, it feels like we’ve had a winning off-season, a winning spring, and now we have to win the summer. If we can have a winning summer, we should have a very successful fall campaign. They are really looking forward to it. I think these kids have practiced harder and more physical than any group we have had.”
Melson said he is excited as the team prepares to head into the summer and said that he is pleased with the amount of talent as well.
“We feel like we’ve got some good depth,” Melson said. “We think our two deep on defense is pretty solid. We’ve probably got 10 offensive linemen that can play. We’ve got two good quarterbacks and three good running backs that can play, as well as six or seven receivers, so we feel that we have good depth and good back ups that can play. I think it’s going to be a good fall.”